Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell is devastated and desperate for details following the fatal shooting of his baby brother, 18-year-old Christian, in Chicago on Friday.
Caldwell asked for prayers from followers on Twitter when he announced the heartbreaking news Saturday.
“Yesterday was the worst day of my existence,” the Chicago native tweeted. “I received a call informing me that my teenage baby brother was murdered on the south side of Chicago. Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him. Please keep my family in your prayers.”
Yesterday was the worst day of my existence. I received a call informing me that my teenage baby brother was murdered on the south side of Chicago. Never could I have imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him 😭. Please keep my family in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/vtbU7qzcUa
— Gianno Caldwell (@GiannoCaldwell) June 25, 2022
According to Fox News Digital, “The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said Friday that one 18-year-old female victim with a gunshot wound to the torso was pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting on the 11400 block of S. Vincennes Ave. A second male victim, 31, was listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the torso as of Saturday morning. Additionally, a female victim, 25, was at the scene of the shooting with the two male victims and sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. She remains in ‘fair’ condition, according to CPD.”
The CPD went on to say that an unidentified male suspect fled the scene eastbound in a black sedan, and it is “unclear” if any other suspects are involved. No further information was released, “as detectives are actively investigating the incident.”
“What I’m looking for right now is details from the police to discover who it was that murdered my brother,” Caldwell told Fox. “[M]y baby brother never had a chance.”
Christian’s death is sadly the latest in a city that has for years been plagued by gun violence.
As reported by BizPac Review, in April, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland over skyrocketing crime, claiming “Chicago is now the world’s largest outdoor shooting range.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 27, 2022
“You’re one of the country’s chief law enforcement officials, maybe the chief, and what you say matters,” Kennedy told Garland. “And, suppose, here’s what I’m asking: let’s take Chicago, where you haven’t, we haven’t made any inroads in stopping the killing. Chicago is now the world’s largest outdoor shooting range. We know that a lot of the shootings come from gangs.”
“Why wouldn’t you want to call the police chief and the mayor in Chicago and say, ‘Look, you know who these gang members are. When you have reasonable suspicion, under Terry v. Ohio — and objective standard, more than just a hunch — why don’t you aggressively stop, question, and frisk these gang members?” he asked. “You’ll get drugs off the street. You’ll get guns off the street. And, you’ll get a lot of gang members off the street and you’ll stop people killing each other.”
“Why won’t you do that?” Kennedy demanded to know.
But Merrick, who seemed more interested in spending money on hunting for racist cops, deflected, saying only, “It’s a resource allocation issue for each local police department.”
In a tragic twist, following the shooting of a Chicago police officer, Caldwell went on Fox just two weeks ago calling for the end of Chicago’s soft-on-crime policies.
(Video: Fox News, via You Tube)
“I’m absolutely disgusted by the violence that continues in my home town,” he said. “The police superintendent said that there was over 76 officers either shot or shot at in 2021 alone. There were over 800 homicides in 2021. I think back to just several years ago, my younger brother during Memorial Day weekend was in a car with two of his friends when two men walked up and shot that car 25 times. Thank God my little brother lived, but his best friend died in his arms. It’s terrible. It’s absolutely terrible.”
“These policies that have been perpetrated by the Cook County prosecutor Kim Fox, where she’s allowing people with felony cases of murder and rape — she’s dropped 25,000 of those particular cases,” he continued. “If you you’re going to have these soft-on-crime measures, you’re never going to get the problem under control, whether it be in Chicago, whether it be in Philadelphia, Detroit — wherever it may be — these policies must change, and they got to get tough and they got to get tough immediately, otherwise we’re going to see more and more people die in the streets daily.”
Caldwell told Fox News Digital that Christian was the youngest of nine siblings who grew up “really, really poor” with their drug-addicted mother. Their grandmother eventually took custody of the kids when their mom went into rehab.
“I was like his dad because he never knew his father,” Caldwell explained. “So my three youngest little brothers, I considered — they were my kids. Those are my sons, so I took care of them. I financially supported them and still do my family.”
As for the perpetrator or perpetrators in his brother’s death, Caldwell hopes they “turn themselves in,” are “brought to justice,” and that “they can be rehabilitated.”
“Then one day, whenever they’re out of jail — if it’s not for life — maybe they can turn their lives around and give hope to other young men if there is any hope of rehabilitating them,” he said. “I would never want to see any street justice or violence against the people who even murdered my little brother. But I do want them brought to justice. And, as a Christian who believes in forgiveness, who believes that there is a second path for people who could do something like this, all I want from my little brother, Christian, is justice. That’s it.”
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